Although I’m not a fan of any canned food, I have to say that canned tuna and salmon really do save the day-and save you the guilt of feeling like you’re eating unhealthy. They should be canned when fresh, preserving that freshness, and when canned in olive oil you can get even more health benefits otherwise just purchase tuna or salmon in water.
The recipe below is not for your typical tuna fish sandwich; it’s for a Mediterranean style fish pattie whose preparation method is so similar to the way us Sicilians flatten, dip in egg, bread and pan-fry everything from eggplant and zucchini to chicken, veal, lean beef and fish. The only difference with this dish is that you really only need one mixing bowl to mix up all the ingredients that you would normally include in separate steps for the others I mentioned.
The best thing about this recipe is that it is so quick to make. I had a few friends over for lunch recently and actually asked one of them to make the patties so she could learn hands-on how it was done- and how quick and easy preparation was.
I served the lunch patties with an accompanying soup, salad, a cheese plate, roasted vegetables and pita bread. At dinner, I made them again for my husband as an accompaniment to his chicken & rice soup and a hefty ciabatta bread bun. Yumm!
Below is a recipe for four people (8 patties). Just imagine the wonderful varieties of your favorite breads you could serve it on.
2 small cans tuna or 1 8 oz. can of salmon
2 small eggs
approximately ½ cup unseasoned bread crumbs, preferably home made because many store-bought brands contain MSG)
1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese
dried parsley, to taste
salt, to taste
black pepper, to taste
2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, or more if needed
- Mix all ingredients well, except olive oil in a bowl.
- Form flat, round patties, adding more bread crumbs if necessary to keep their shape. Do not add more eggs, as this will make the patties too difficult to form.
- Heat the olive oil on medium-high in a shallow frying pan until hot, but not burning.
- Fry patties for about 6 minutes on each side, depending on the size of your flame, if using gas stovetop.
- Lay on a plate with paper towels to drain excess oil. Serve up as a sandwich, as a side dish or on top of a salad. Any way you choose will be delicious!